About John

John Welbourn is a former 9-year NFL starter and CEO of Power Athlete. And he also created the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John started over 100 games with 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and FUSE MOVE. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete. EAT THE WEAK.

2020 Updated Reading List

When I started Talk To Me Johnnie a decade ago, I included a required reading list based on my current situation. At that point in history, I was still crafting the foundations of Power Athlete, so I was reading about training and human performance, and of course, the River Cottage Meat book. Since then, a lot has changed...

By |2020-03-27T17:58:03-05:00March 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Hammer Curls

John, I have followed Power Athlete’s training for years and made tremendous gains. One question, why do you favor hammer curls in programs? Lots of love, Jacked Street Resident Since I was 14 years old, my full time job was pushing people around on the football field in a tight fitting jersey. Back then, they didn’t tailor the jerseys like in the NFL, so the only way the sleeves were going to be [...]

By |2019-02-16T09:11:41-06:00February 16th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Looking for Guidance

John, I am looking for some guidance for my wife. She just completed Sorinex’s "Squatober" and "Deadcember" via Pen and Paper Strength App. She loved the programming and has been trying to find a program that was similar. Her biggest problem is the only place she can do these kinds of workouts is a local CrossFit box. But they require her to complete their class WOD before she bangs weights. Do you have [...]

By |2019-01-22T12:29:23-06:00January 19th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment


As each New Year approaches, I always get asked if I am planning a year in review post. While that exercise is always valuable for me and the company, not every year deserves its own public recap. In years past the message has been humorous laced with a heavy dose sarcasm. That said, this year has been very different. Let’s take a cue from the ghost of Christmas past, turn the page backwards, [...]

By |2019-01-01T10:27:28-06:00January 1st, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|10 Comments


The expression to be worth one's salt, which means you're competent and deserve what you're earning, has roots in ancient Rome, where soldiers were sometimes paid in salt or given an allowance to purchase...

By |2018-08-01T20:29:25-05:00August 1st, 2018|Diet, Ketogenic, Talk to Me Johnnie|7 Comments

Herpes on a First Date

Hello John, Just found your presentation on YouTube, very interesting. I am a strength equipment design engineer. I invented the 1st weight stack machine allowing for anytime weight change, without touching the pin or stopping the exercise. I have a few patents and a number of advanced strength machine concepts that go beyond what is on the conventional market;  I am a big fan of the philosophy "if you want become more functional [...]

By |2018-05-18T06:57:13-05:00May 18th, 2018|Lifting Weights, Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|7 Comments


Hey, I was wondering if y’all keep records of who has taken the CrossFit Football certification course. If you do, I was wondering if y’all would be able to send me a copy of my certificate. Please let me know if there is anything you need from me. Thank you! Collin Poole Collin, What a great question, so much so I thought I would answer it for... well, y’all. I live in Texas [...]

By |2018-01-02T11:02:33-06:00January 2nd, 2018|Talk to Me Johnnie|4 Comments

When to Introduce Strength Training to Kids

Good Morning, I have an 11 year old son who plays tackle football, as well as other sports. In looking at all of your training programs, I notice that "Bedrock" seems to imply that high school freshman is the starting point. I am curious if you have a thought/philosophy on the appropriateness of having someone that young begin a program, or if simply playing and playing sports at that age is enough. Thanks, [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:36:00-06:00November 30th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|3 Comments

Strength-less in Seattle

Hello John, My office gym doesn't have a barbell. I have put in a request for new material but it has not been fulfilled. From my researching on the Internet, I know BB Squat is king, but in the meantime, can you help me with a temporary alternative? I have access to a single 70-pound dumbbell and a leg press. I don't care much for the leg press, but if I have to, [...]

By |2016-11-28T12:27:29-06:00November 28th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|0 Comments